Why is our tooth enamel very important? Tooth enamel is said to be the hardest substance in our body. Good oral hygiene and maintenance can prevent cavities, chipping, and sensitivity; and that what the tooth enamel is all about.
To make your tooth enamel strong and prevent demineralization, first and foremost, you must take precaution in managing your diet. Lessen the intake of foods which are sugary, starchy, and acidic. These can trigger the growth of too much bacteria in the mouth that can create dental plaque, which can in turn lead to tooth decay. It is best to rinse your mouth with plain water immediately after consuming acidic or sugary foods and beverages. However, if you are really tempted by acidic beverages like lemonade, then please enjoy it through a straw and limit the acid’s contact with your teeth.
Bacteria also live in your tongue. If you notice that your tongue has white deposits on it already then you may want to invest in a tongue cleaner. Cheese can also help you fight tooth enamel damage or demineralization, and can help reduce the acidity in your mouth. Too much acidity can weaken the enamel in your teeth.
For those with weak gums, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth gently and increase intake of water. If you experience dry mouth frequently, then you are at greater risk of having tooth damage because there are actually important components in your saliva that can maintain and repair your enamel.
Lastly, smile and laugh frequently. Some studies show that anger and stress can in fact damage your teeth. It’s because you tend to clench or grind your teeth when you are tense. If you have any questions about how you can prevent your tooth enamel from eroding, or if you would like to book an appointment, contact Arbutus North Dental Centre.